Abe Peck was only fourteen when the Germans invaded Poland, took over his community and forced his family into a rundown ghetto. Over the next five horrific years, as a prisoner and slave in camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Abe endured unimaginable cruelty. What got him through the relentless horror and atrocities? His only way to beat Adolf Hitler was to live to tell about it.
As the sole living Holocaust survivor from his entire town, Abe is the only one left who can tell us what really happened to his civilized society when evil took over.
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About the Author
Having been deeply disturbed by a visit to Anne Frank's house years ago as a college student, Maya could never have anticipated writing a book on the Holocaust. In fact, prior to working with Abe, Maya had never met a survivor and was unnerved by all things Holocaust. It was only after meeting Abe and other survivors that she was struck by their remarkable stories and the urgency to tell them before it's too late.
About halfway through the first draft of Abe's story, it occurred to Maya that in order to reach the broadest possible audience and have the greatest appeal to younger generations, she needed to do more than just write his epic tale-she needed to share it visually as well. This is when her simple print book evolved into a multimedia video book project, one that she hopes will attract the interest of students and educators around the globe. There is no better way for future generations to gain a true understanding of what happened to the Jewish people of Europe during the Holocaust than for them to experience it firsthand, through the eyewitness account of a survivor.
Maya spent countless hours interviewing Abe in order to write this book, and she enjoyed every moment. Unfortunately, because of health issues, Abe is no longer able to visit schools and personally tell his incredible story, which makes his video book invaluable. He will be able to continue to teach others about the importance of tolerance and acceptance in perpetuity, giving his extraordinary life the utmost meaning.